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January 30, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Call it a gesture of airborne hospitality in a community's time of need: In Alabama, one of several Southern states hit by a freak snowstorm this week, Birmingham-area resident David Upton flew his company helicopter and ferried away nearly a dozen people stranded in their cars and in medical need. There was the pregnant woman and her young son desperately seeking to get home; the sick man who needed a ride from work and a woman who needed a lift home from a hospital. At 52, Upton, co-owner of a company called Cranweorks, is used to using big equipment to help people out of professional jams.
April 10, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
TheU.S. Navyhas grounded a fleet of helicopter drones after two of the aircraft crashed overseas within a week. Known as MQ-8B Fire Scouts, the robotic spy choppers were developed by Northrop Grumman Corp.engineers in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. Armed with high-powered cameras, radars and sensors, they were first deployed to war zones in Afghanistan and Libya last year. On Tuesday, the Navy confirmed that it had temporarily suspended flight operations for its 14 remaining Fire Scouts while system performance and operational procedures are reviewed.
September 23, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The Navy has ended efforts to rescue two crew members still missing after a helicopter crashed into the Red Sea, the Navy's 5th Fleet announced Monday. "Given the time elapsed since the incident, air crew survivability was extremely unlikely," the Navy said. The MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, from a squadron at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado, was operating from the San Diego-based destroyer William Lawrence when it crashed. The William Lawrence is part of the carrier Nimitz strike group.
January 5, 2010 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A state Department of Fish and Game helicopter crashed this afternoon in Madera County, killing at least one of the four people on board, according to preliminary information from federal officials. The Bell 206 copter may have struck a power line while surveying land near Willow Creek on the west side of Lake Reddinger, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The crash occurred about 12:25 p.m., said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. The registered owner of the aircraft is Palm Springs Aviation Inc., according to FAA records.
September 16, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
Turkish authorities said Monday that they had shot down a Syrian helicopter that violated the country's airspace, news reports said. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters that Turkish fighter jets fired missiles at the helicopter after it flew slightly more than a mile into Turkey's Hatay province Monday afternoon, ignoring repeated warnings from air defense authorities.  He said he did not have information on the helicopter's crew...
April 4, 2009 | Rong-Gong Lin II
State health inspectors have fined Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center $560 for violating state workplace rules, a penalty assessed after investigators confirmed employee complaints that helicopter exhaust fumes were entering the hospital's ventilation system from the rooftop landing pad. The fine by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health -- which hospital officials are appealing -- stemmed from a January inspection of the $1.
March 13, 2003 | From Associated Press
Soldiers lowered the flag for 11 fallen comrades as investigators Wednesday tried to determine what caused the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter during a training exercise. The UH-60 went down Tuesday afternoon in a remote part of the rugged, 167-square-mile post in northern New York. Investigators from the Army Safety Center at Ft. Rucker, Ala., were on the scene Wednesday, joined by personnel from Ft. Drum's Criminal Investigation Command, which reviews all accidents on the base.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to spend more than $4 million to replace two aging Sheriff's Department helicopters with new ones. The existing choppers have been in service for more than a decade, and officials said it is cheaper to purchase new aircraft than continue to pay for maintenance of the older models. The department also plans to lease a third helicopter for about a year to ensure that two choppers are always available during the transition period.
February 24, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Seven Marines were killed in a midair collision of two attack helicopters in a remote part of Imperial County, the Marine Corps said Thursday. The collision between an AH-1W Super Cobra and a UH-1Y Super Huey occurred about 8 p.m. Wednesday during a routine training mission called Scorpion Fire. The training, part of preparations for deployment, was within an hour of suspending for the night. Six of the seven victims were from Camp Pendleton and the other was from the Marine base in Yuma, Ariz.
January 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The pilot of a TV news helicopter used the wind from the aircraft's rotor to push a stranded deer to safety after it lost its footing on a frozen lake and could not get up. A small crowd had gathered to watch the deer struggling on Lake Thunderbird. With the helicopter's camera rolling, KWTV pilot Mason Dunn used the wind from the rotor to push the deer, sending it sliding on its belly across the ice until it reached shore and ran into a nearby wooded area.
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